DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke University has removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee days after it was vandalized.READ MORE: Irwin Man Chosen To Compete For Team USA In 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games
The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy. A statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.READ MORE: Toddler In Critical Condition After Fall From 2nd-Floor Window In Carrick
University president Vincent Price said in a letter to the campus community that he consulted with faculty, staff, students and alumni about the decision to remove the statue. Officials discovered early Thursday that the statue’s face had been damaged by vandalism. Lee was among 10 historical figures depicted at the chapel.
On Monday in downtown Durham, a bronze Confederate statue was torn down by demonstrators.MORE NEWS: Cleanup Efforts Underway After Storms Bring Down Trees And Damage Homes
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